Consultant to Virginia Senate candidate compared GOP establishment to 'house negro': report

Consultant to Virginia Senate candidate compared GOP establishment to 'house negro': report
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A consultant and spokesperson for Republican Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart has used insensitive language on race, including the repeated use of the term "house negro" to denigrate establishment Republicans, according to a report by CNN's KFile

Rick Shaftan of Atlantic Media & Research has a long history of using such language, and has also made statements deeply critical of civil rights activists, according to the report, which looked at his Twitter account extensively.


In October 2014, Shaftan tweeted "There are a lot of parallels between the 'House Negro' and the GOP Establishment."

He used the language again in a tweet in September 2015, KFile found, that referenced then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTime for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Getting politics out of the pit To cure Congress, elect more former military members MORE and then-Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party Republicans mull new punishments for dissident lawmakers MORE

"Notice how Obama calls the Speaker 'John', like he's a plantation owner talking to Malcolm X's House Negro," Shaftan wrote in the tweet.

In another tweet, Shaftan belittled Rep. John LewisJohn LewisCongress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Obama to urge rejection of 'authoritarian politics and policies' in speech Florida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson MORE (D-Ga.), who was nearly killed when state police in Alabama attacked demonstrators marching over a bridge to protest the killing of a man shot by police in Selma, Ala. "bloody Selma" demons

"So what has John Lewis done besides get beat up 50+ years ago? #PompousAss," Shaftan wrote.

In yet another tweet unearthed by KFile from September 2015, Shaftan appeared to put down legendary activist Rosa Parks, whose decision to not leave her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus is a pivotal moment in U.S. civil rights.  


"Rosa Parks. Give me a effing break. How about PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY?" Shaftan tweeted, referring to the conservative activist.

Shaftan's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

Shaftan's consulting firm, Atlantic Media & Research, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Stewart's campaigns for governor and Senate, according to CNN. 

Stewart's campaign did not immediately respond to a comment.

Stewart, who is known for his defense of Confederate monuments, has attracted notable scrutiny from the lawmakers since he won the Republican primary in Virginia earlier this year. 

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has not said whether it will support its party’s Senate candidate in his race against Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KainePoll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race GOP offers to ban cameras from testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report MORE (D-Va.). 

Some Republicans fear Stewart's presence on the ballot could be a drag on the party's other candidates in this year's elections.

The CNN report about Shaftan's Twitter account comes just days after The Daily Beast reported that Shaftan described majority-black cities as "s---holes."